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Full Professor of Psychology/Head of the Psychology Department (f/m/d)

Closing Date
WorkplaceVienna, Praterstrasse 23, Wien, Austria
Job Startas soon as possible

For over 35 years Webster Vienna Private University (WVPU) has provided its students with an internationally competitive, American-based liberal arts education in the heart of Europe. Accredited in both Austria and the United States, WVPU offers an individualized, student-centered American education within the framework of a European research university. As part of a global network of campuses based in St. Louis, USA, WVPU is dedicated to preparing its students for an increasingly globalized world through academic programs that cultivate critical thinking and intercultural understanding.

Webster Vienna Private University is committed to excellence in teaching and research.

WVPU offers innovative programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level, awarding Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees. At the undergraduate level, the departments of Business and Management, International Relations, Media Communications, and Psychology are complemented by the Center of Liberal Arts’ multidisciplinary curriculum in the human, social and natural sciences.

WVPU is an equal opportunity employer.

We are looking to make a leadership appointment in the Psychology Department at the rank of

Full Professor of Psychology/Head of the Psychology Department (f/m/d)

Full-time (40 hours/week), starting date: as soon as possible


The successful candidate will help to build and advance our undergraduate and graduate programs, which currently are grounded in theories and methods drawn from clinical/counseling psychology, decision making and behavioral economics.

The Psychology department has lab facilities and research equipment such as electroencephalography, traditional psychophysiology (skin conductance, heart rate, respiration rate and temperature) as well as startle reflex modulation, facial expression analysis software and a brand new observational lab allowing social interaction investigations of any kind.

We are particularly interested in an exceptional scholar who can make a substantial contribution to interdisciplinary efforts, identifying opportunities for collaboration in the areas of strategic communication, international politics, and international business.

The ideal candidate will be well suited for a leadership role with proven history of top-rated publications in research aligned with psychological aspects of behavioral decision science.

WVPU will further fill a position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Psychology where the successful candidate will chair the search committee.

Further to the leadership role of the department, the position holder will be responsible for teaching psychology program courses and maintaining an active research agenda and scholarly profile. The successful applicant is also expected to provide key student services, such as student advising and thesis supervision, and pursue research projects aimed at securing external funding and increasing international scholarly cooperation.


The successful applicant is expected to have:

  • a completed psychology doctorate or PhD
  • hold a Habilitation or equivalent
  • A reputable scholarly track record in the areas identified above with special focus on psychological aspects of behavioral decision science
  • A documented history of successfully seeking large externally funded research grants
  • Evidence of teaching excellence in English

We offer

As required by Austrian federal law we are obliged to disclose the minimum annual gross compensation for this position, which starts at 72,420.- EUR (40 hours/week; all-in); negotiable on the basis of qualifications and experience.

Further, a monthly stipend is paid for the leadership role of the department.

The applicant must have the legal right to work in Austria.

Contact and Address

Candidates are initially employed on a three-year all-in contract, in which annual performance agreements orientate the department and individual teaching, research and service goals. After three years and a successful evaluation, the employment relationship is then based on an unlimited contract.

Applications are to be submitted online via the university’s website:

http://webster.ac.at/faculty-vacancies .

Please include:

1) cover letter addressing the search criteria including academic leadership experience, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) summary of research profile 4) names of three referees who will provide letters of recommendation upon request

Deadline for applications: August 31, 2020

Review of applications will begin immediately following the deadline and will continue until the position is filled.

For questions related to your application, please contact the HR Department: hrdepartmentwebster.ac.at at WVPU, Praterstraße 23, A – 1020 Vienna.

All other inquiries can be addressed to Dr. Samuel SCHUBERT, Associate Director and chair of the search committee (samuel.schubertwebster.ac.at).

Your privacy is important to us and we take the General Data Protection Regulation seriously. It is our goal to be sensitive and respectful of your personal information and to adhere to all facets of the GDPR regulation. Please be aware that all personal data you provide are subject to our privacy notice, which can be found at: webster.ac.at/...t-privacy-notice


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